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{{Abbr}} is a front-end for the HTML element <abbr>...</abbr>, the element used by most web browsers to create a tooltip indicating the meaning of an abbreviation or acronym.

Please note: Do not use {{abbr}} or <abbr> to mark up material other than abbreviations or acronyms. Using it to generate tooltips elsewhere is a misuse of the underlying HTML and causes accessibility problems.



{{abbr}} takes two unnamed parameters, in order:

  • short form: shows as text
  • long form: shows as the tooltip

A third unnamed parameter accepts the following values:

Named parameters:

  • class: Adds a CSS class.
  • id: Adds an HTML id; this must be unique on the entire page.
  • style: Adds a style attribute.


Markup Renders as
{{abbr|MSLP|Mean Sea Level Pressure}} 

When hovering over the text "MSLP" then something like Mean Sea Level Pressure will appear as a tooltip in most browsers. Popular screen readers, used by visually impaired readers, display the long form in a different way.

Markup Renders as
{{abbr|UK|United Kingdom|class=country-name|id=foobar}} 

Accessibility concerns


This template is intended for use with abbreviations; it is not intended to be a tool for generating tooltips. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines contain guidelines for using the <abbr> element generated by this template; see section H28: Providing definitions for abbreviations by using the abbr and acronym elements.



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Template data

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TemplateData for Abbr

This template defines an abbreviation or acronym by creating a tooltip that is displayed on mouse-over.

Template parameters[Edit template data]

Short form1

Shows as text

Long form2

Shows as a tooltip


If it is filled with 'IPA' or 'i', applies {{IPA}} to fix strings in the International Phonetic Alphabet; if it is filled instead with 'Unicode' or 'u', applies {{unicode}} to fix strings in Unicode, both rendered in Internet Explorer on Windows XP


Adds an HTML class


Adds an HTML id


Add CSS style


See also

  • {{abbrlink}}, a version of this template that includes wikilinking.
  • {{discreet abbreviation}}, a version of this template that removes the dotted underlining otherwise shown below the abbreviation/acronym.
  • {{R-phrase}}, which generates the abbreviation (the code number) for an R-phrase (a "Risk phrase", e.g. "Explosive when dry"). The R-phrase itself and a link to List of R-phrases is included in a tooltip.
  • {{clarify}}, which produces the inline superscript:  Template:Fake clarify